This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
After running today.
Yep the glasses got pretty fogged-up.
Sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men are interrupted by something beyond your control - you know Old Man Winter's nastiness at the idea that his time is passing and trying to remind us that he can still make life pretty damn miserable.
Yeah, that was the road this morning, small pieces of salt embedded in ice from the freezing rain and not doing a whole helluva lot and then around 9:30 AM the sleet and ice mix that Bennie refused to even go to the end of the driveway without a lot of coaxing and then that was as far as he would go
Needless to say, there was no running this morning.
However, I did buy a new to me winter running jacket on eBay the other night and it arrived last night.
A nice fleece-lined Pearl Izumi cycling jacket - yes, I like cycling jackets better for running, the back pockets make more sense and I don't have to screw around with the ever-so-flattering fanny pack. Although you can't stick your hands in a pocket to keep them out of the way or warmer ;-), but I don't have to worry about catching my thumbs on the pockets, when they are unzipped.
Which meant that I did want to give it go and see how the zip pocket worked with my over-sized Droid 2 smartphone.
Now if you have been following me for a while, you will have noticed a certain pattern, if I don't get a run in by 4:00 or so, usually it ain't usually gonna happen, even if I have time and am not at work. My best running times are between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM (before or after those times just do not work as well for me).
Plus I felt like I REALLY needed the run today, so when Mary offered to walk Bennie when we got home (I played chauffeur for her today), I quickly agreed.
Hey, we are finally getting to actually running, Harold you are doing a LOT of yapping and not too much action today.
Yeah, I know, but sometimes the fingers get going and I just get to yapping.
It was still pretty chilly at 32*F and while the roads were clear, but they were still wet, so at that temp, I was worried about them starting to ice up as it got later. Which meant that I went out slower, to get a feel for the roads and just didn't speed up.
I have no idea what is going on, but I have some kind of a mental block about coming back up the Bitch and holding a decent pace and by the time I get up to the last drive way before the top, I just have really slowed down and then once I crest the top, I get back to running normally again.
Actually the roads felt pretty good, unless I got into the slushy areas and the it was a little "nasty", but I was impressed with the grip of the M3's, I felt in control on the cold, wet roads, even when I was cornering.
Oh well, at some point I guess I have to work on my hill running to get over this mental part, because I know that the body can do better.
The run wasn't bad, but I am getting to dislike that Pepin Way O/B course, since it is about the only one that I can really run right now or am I just tired of doing it so many times over the last few weeks.
So how did the new-to-me jacket do, I like it a lot. My phone didn't bounce around and the jacket felt great. It was warm and I don't have to wear as many layers with it, but it will not be good for spring running, as it gets warmer. However, I got it more for next winter than I did for this winter, so I am not worried about it.
Now I have 3 running jackets, which is a good rotation and later this spring, I have a feeling that one will be heading to the great beyond, since the "Harold stench" is getting very noticeable, even to me during runs now - you know that once it warms-up stench that makes it so you can't wear it in public without O-ffending too many others who have sensitive noses. Yes, I wash it at least 2 times a week, but it ain't doing a lot of good anymore.
and the driveway is still a mess
So old man winter is still trying to linger-on for a bit longer.